The OLIVE Film Collection

OLIVE stands for the Online Library of Interactive Video and Engagement and is the world’s most diverse collection of short films about mental health issues. The library grows each month through our monthly short film competition, and each year through our Voices With Impact short film production grants.

We share these films as educational resources. As works of art, they can elicit strong responses. Please take care of yourself while watching these films! We’ve created these guides as resources for you when watching the OLIVE films alone, with friends, with your children and/or with your students. These films are intended for personal viewing or facilitation in small groups. If you want to use these in more structured programs, please fill out this form for official use.

Tips and Guidelines for Watching OLIVE Alone or With Friends

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Frozen Out
Jun
2021
Frozen Out
Note: Frozen Out is currently screening in festivals, worldwide. This trailer will be replaced by the complete film in January 2022. An immigrant artist retreats to frozen prairies and forests, hoping to escape the anxieties of d...
Could Have, Should Have
Jun
2021
Stuck here alone and jobless in the U.S. due to COVID-19, Lei is forced to confront the irreconcilable gap between her and her mother when her secret is unveiled. Content heads up: stigma
be•long
Jun
2021
be•long
A Black woman recounts a 17-year battle with mental health, starting with a suicide attempt and ending in sobriety. Content heads up: racism, mentions of substance use, mention of suicide attempt with pills
Esther & Sai
Jun
2021
Esther & Sai
The night before their first day of nursing school in 1976, two female immigrants to Vancouver face unbearable homesickness. Content heads up: racism
Nanay
Jun
2021
Nanay
Nanay is a 5 minute documentary following two Filipino Canadians who recount their experiences as children of Filipina migrant workers. Their stories unveil the alienation, confusion, and trauma that impacts immigrant Filipino Canadian families withi...
On the Surface
Jun
2021
On the Surface
Ada, a young Black woman, goes swimming in the Icelandic sea and reflects on her experience of having a baby in a country that feels nothing like home. As she enters the freezing water, she relives her traumatic pregnancy and postnatal depression. Sh...
Rompiendo Olas (Breaking Waves)
Jun
2021
An intimate and poetic documentary of migration, family unity and a search for healing the self, Rompiendo Olas centers on a young migrant worker who periodically fights a personal battle with anxiety and depression. Describing his illness as intense...
Still We Thrive
Jun
2021
Still We Thrive
Still We Thrive is a film about our healing and self-care under white supremacy. Still I Thrive uses found/archive footage, pieces to camera, voice over, and music to build a story of Black mental health resilience. The film uses archive and found fo...
Wholeness
Jun
2021
Wholeness
There have never been more opportunities for Black womxn than there are right now. In order to shake off misogynoir and the depths of oppression, Black womxn need to be whole, heard, and seen. Experience Wholeness examines and promotes consciousness ...
Fish
Jun
2021
Fish
Leila, a British-born, second-generation Chinese immigrant, struggles with her dual identity, in an annual celebration of Chinese New Year. Content heads up: racism, stigma
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